When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction -or having teeth “pulled”- is among patients’ most dreaded prospects. Also referred to as exodontia, tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Before considering an extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary.
There are several reasons for extracting a tooth. These include:
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the more common categories of tooth extraction. Many dental professionals will recommend removing wisdom teeth (third molars) before they are fully developed, usually in the adolescent years, to help eliminate potential problems. One problem that could occur is development of an impacted tooth that has surfaced and has no room in the mouth to grow. Other problems associated with impacted teeth include infection, decay of adjacent teeth, bite interference and gum disease.
Options to replace missing teeth may include: